AMSA announced that it will begin the attempt to locate the 81 containers that fell from the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘YM Efficiency’, due to heavy weather about 30 kilometres southeast of Newcastle, off Australia, on June 1.
A subsea search for the missing containers from the YM Efficiency will begin in the next few days as soon as weather conditions allow. The ship’s insurers have contracted Port of Newcastle in order to provide their hydrographic survey vessel to initially conduct a five-day search.
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The initial search will focus on the high priority areas around where the containers were lost, and where modelling indicates that most of them are more likely to be located.
The search area is shown in the map below
The vessel will survey the area daily, returning to Newcastle each night. It will take approximately two weeks to process and analyse the survey data and provide safety advice with associated maps and locations.
AMSA also reported that as the process to unload the remaining damaged containers from the YM Efficiency has progressed, it has been discovered that less containers were lost than initially reported.
The total number of containers lost has been reduced from 83 containers to 81, this leaves 79 containers still unaccounted for.
Operators should look out for navigational dangers in the area until all the containers have been located.